1. ITV Report

Carwyn Jones to establish advisory group on Brexit challenges

Carwyn Jones chair a Cabinet Sub-Committee on European Transition from September Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

First Minister Carwyn Jones is to establish an expert advisory group to ensure Wales secures the best possible outcome in forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

The European Advisory Group will be made up of business people, politicians and experts with a understanding of the European Union.

The group will advise the Welsh Government on the wide-ranging impact on Wales of the UK’s exit from the EU and how Wales can overcome challenges brought by the Brexit vote.

The First Minister also announced he will chair a Cabinet Sub-Committee on European Transition from September, while detailed work continues between the Welsh Government, UK Government and the other Devolved Administrations to prepare for the EU negotiations.

Carwyn Jones says he will not lose sight of how Brexit will impact people in Wales. Credit: PA images

My immediate focus since the EU referendum result has been on protecting our economy and providing assurance to Wales’ business community. As such, we have outlined six immediate economic measures, while we are also developing a business confidence plan with support for Welsh exports and have created a new fund to help boost employment and attract inward investment. I have sought a cast iron commitment that Wales will not lose a penny of the EU money budgeted to us up to 2020 and have been absolutely clear that maintaining uninterrupted access to the Single Market is vital. It is my responsibility to shape Wales’ future outside the European Union – and I am not taking this responsibility lightly. I will not lose sight of how Brexit will impact directly on the people of Wales. The advisory group will help us to understand the real world impact on our towns, villages, farming communities, educational institutions, businesses, the third sector and vital public services.

Close working with all parts of Welsh society will be vital in delivering the strongest voice possible for Wales in the forthcoming negotiations. That is why we are opening a new dialogue with Plaid Cymru on European Transition, alongside our other liaison committees.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister